March 7, 2021
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Up till the last page we were up to our necks in employment, life decisions, and all that jazz. But, if you really love doing the best work you can, making your own creative decisions, setting your own rules, and planning your own schedule - you may just want to work with yourself.

So what are you waiting for?

Next in this article, we'll be discussing only one type of business a professional one, registered and all. Not an outfit you can open and close whenever you like but a real-world company.

It's not hard and you can make yourself some serious dough so be on the lookout for a nice bakery.

This article will also answer all those Frequently Asked Questions you might have if you've definitely decided that college is out and this is the route for you.

Now, they say 'time is money' - so lets not waste any more and get back on the track

Light Side or the Dark Side

Working for yourself is potentially the most rewarding job for a programmer. You get to set your own rules, you work on your own software and you get to choose what to do and what not to do.

However, just being a great programmer doesn't necessarily mean you automatically qualify for running a business. It takes certain skills, talent and attitude which can be quite different from the creative side of programming. If you don't have it, you're better off working for some company.

So, let's think about what your company could actually do:

  1. Create your own retail software (like Microsoft)
  2. Create on-demand software (custom software)
  3. Be a consultancy firm

TOP TIP: You can run a combination business with either type 1 or 2, combined with 3. However, never run types 1 and 2 together you'll be digging your own grave!

The next sections are relevant to each of these business types. There are a lot of specifics too so read carefully.

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This article was originally published on November 22, 2002

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